I’d like to say that I am a firm believer in honesty. That is precisely why I am about to admit that I, a wanna-be journalist, struggle with writing. When I am trying to express how I feel or explain what something was I often find that words get in the way. I realize that this is a total cop-out and that people who can’t express themselves the way they want to enjoy quoting phrases such as “a picture is worth a thousand words”
I am great at spelling, even betterer at grammar… just kidding. Forming sentences however, … different ballgame entirely.
I know what I want to say, because thats how I feel. However, I find that I can’t string together words in a coherent way that adequately expresses my feelings. I get frustrated at the rigidity of grammar and syntax. I am unable to manipulate the words the way that I want to … the way that some authors, bloggers, journalists, etc. seem to be able to do with ease. If it was up to me, I would just take photos and let them speak for me but because of J2150 I have to string together my mental ramblings each week and put a pretty bow on them.
Rick Agran’s lecture about how to be a better writer gave me some great ideas. He recommended an exercise for people who are experiencing writers block or for people who simply want to become better writers, it’s called freewriting. I have heard of this before, but I never sat down and tried it until today. In free writing, you pick a topic – any topic, and set a timer for 10 minutes. During those ten minutes, you are supposed to write furiously. Don’t think about grammar, don’t censor yourself, and don’t think too much about what you are writing or what crazy twists and turns your writing is taking. Just go with it. Your pen shouldn’t stop moving for the entire 10 minutes. Even if you don’t know what else to say, you are supposed to write that out… “I don’t know what to say anymore…” etc.
So this blog was my attempt at free writing, perhaps I’ll get a bad mark for flaunting the fact that I only spent 10 minutes on this weeks assignment. Had I spent any longer, however, then the hypocritical nature of my grammatically correct writing would have stood in contrast to the principles this blog post is based on – and I’ve already mentioned that I’m a firm believer in honesty.
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